4 Your personal resilience through time
Individual personal resilience also varies over time. In Week 1 you looked at what was going on for you, different stress factors in your life, changing demands of technology and stages of the transition curve. You may already have identified that you found some of these changes easier to handle than others.
Watch the following video in which Rebecca Fielding discusses the challenge of managing stress through resilience.
Transcript: Managing stress
In this next activity you will focus on your personal resilience over time.
Activity 5 About you: resilience timeline
Access the toolkit, either by clicking on the thumbnail or selecting ‘View’ below. You might find it useful to open it in a new window or tab.
Click on ‘Timeline’ and then using the template provided in the toolkit, or by drawing a timeline in your notebook, think about variations in your personal resilience over time.
- Identify the points at which you have felt most in control of your life, able to meet and deal with challenges.
- Think about a time when you may have moved from a feeling of helplessness about a situation to a feeling of control and optimism about the future.
- What relationships or circumstances made a difference for you? You might realise, for example, that being at home with a small baby removed you from the support networks you had with work colleagues.
Save your notes in the toolkit or your notebook.
What one aspect from the past might you try to build into your life again?
As your answer to this question will be personal/only applicable to your own circumstances, there is no discussion for this activity.
The fluctuation in personal resilience over time is important. As you read earlier, we all have the capacity to learn from our experiences and change our behaviour in the future. Different factors make a difference for different people. We can all develop our capacity for resilience – but how can we go about it?